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obtund

[ ob-tuhnd ]
/ ɒbˈtʌnd /
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verb (used with object)

to blunt; dull; deaden.

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Origin of obtund

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin obtundere to beat at, equivalent to ob-ob- + tundere to strike
ob·tund·ent, adjectiveob·tun·di·ty, noun
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  • In men of genius the moral sense is sometimes obtunded, if not altogether absent.

  • But one phase of it seemed to reach his obtunded consciousness, for this made a direct inroad upon his bank account.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee|Florence Huntley
  • Madeira did not seem to be unconscious, but his senses were obtunded, and it was some minutes before he could sit up.

    Sally of Missouri|R. E. Young

British Dictionary definitions for obtund

obtund
/ (ɒbˈtʌnd) /

verb

(tr) rare to deaden or dull
obtundent, adjective, noun
C14: from Latin obtundere to beat against, from ob- against + tundere to belabour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for obtund

obtund
[ ŏb-tŭnd ]

v.

To dull or blunt, especially sensation or pain.
ob•tundent adj.
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